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Gun Rights Advocates Celebrate Concealed Carry Ruling
Gun rights advocates are celebrating. Concealed carry in Illinois may soon be legal. Today, a federal appeals court struck down a ban on carrying concealed weapons in Illinois.
According to the federal ruling, state lawmakers have 180 days to write a new law that legalizes concealed carry.
Gun rights advocates have long argued the prohibition against concealed weapons violates the U.S. Constitution's 2nd Amendment, and what they see as Americans' right to carry guns for self-defense.
State Rep. Brandon Phelps has already written a bill that includes provisions for background checks, field provisions, and other issues. A spokesperson with Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said they're reviewing what legal steps can be taken.
Right now, Illinois is the only state where carrying concealed weapons is entirely illegal.